The 2008 version of the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot is a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot, 4% Malbec, 3.5% Petit Verdot and 0.5% Cabernet Franc. A healthy grape supply allows Blasted Church's winemaking team to be creative whilst blending. All parcels of fruit used in this blend were grown in the South Okanagan. The Cabernet Sauvignon used in this blend was harvested in late October and the first few days of November. The harvesting of Cabernet Sauvignon signals the end of harvest. It is the last grape variety to be picked and in some vintages Cabernet Sauvignon can be hard to ripen and is at the mercy of Mother Nature. This is the first blend at Blasted Church to contain Petit Verdot. Petit Verdot is one of the six red grapes allowed in a red Bordeaux. Petit Verdot ripens late, but in this case the fruit was ripe in mid-October because it was on its third leaf. The third leaf is usually when your vines will bear fruit.
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